Bright Idea Blog Hop: Hanging Anchor Charts the Easy Way!

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Mine isn't brilliant, and I am not even sure it is bright.  It might just be lazy.  That is how I roll.  but first, let's start with my love affair.

That's right, my love affair with anchor charts.  Do you like them too?  I had them all over my room and we made them constantly.  This is a teeny-tiny fraction of my photos of them.

I loved them, but I hated the mess of hanging them up  Cement block walls and masking tape during humid months do not get along.  I hated walking into my classroom with droopy anchor charts and constantly having to stand on chairs to rehang them. I may be a *bit* short. My nickname was Stumpy in high school.  Attractive, right?  Amazing I ever had a date for prom!!! 

So, my lazy self came up with this:

I chose a wall that I knew  would be perfect for displaying anchor charts and then took the plunge!!! I took my hot glue gun and hot glued clothespins directly to my cement block wall.  Was I supposed too?  I don't know.  But I never got in trouble or anything!

I loved it so much I did it for THREE anchor charts!  Eek!

It made it SOOOO easy to switch out and hang anchor charts. I just clipped them up and I was done.  If you wanted to be a bit fancier you could hot glue die cuts to the clothespins, but I  am  a simple gal!

And that is my lazy, maybe not so bright idea!!!!!!!

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  1. Mandy~In my mind, there is nothing that hot glue and clothes pins can't fix! I am moving to first so I am getting my mind into creating anchor charts during our morning meeting:)
    The Schroeder Page

  2. It's such a fantastic idea. As you would say I would love to do this but I would get in trouble. We have a new (3 years old) building and they are very picky about what we use on the walls. I spend a fortune on command poster strips but maybe I can work in the clothes pins. At least it will work for the year, since we do have to take them down at the end of the year. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

    1. In the past, I've put a strip of heavy duty masking tape on my cement block walls and hot glued my items to that piece of tape. That way it stays on, but you aren't actually putting hot glue on the wall. It isn't permanent and doesn't leave glue blobs on the wall. Maybe they'd let you do that. :-)

    2. Sorry didn't finish - so maybe you could hot glue clothespins to pieces of tape. Then you could peel it off at the end of the year. I may try that this year with the clothespins. :-)

    3. I would take half a command poster strip and put it on the back of a clothespin. Worked SO well!

  3. Great idea Mandy! I'm obsessed with anchor charts!

  4. Love this idea! I also hot glue sheet protectors to my brick wall so I can slide different notifications up. (Brick walls are no fun!)

    Simply Kinder

  5. This is a great idea! I hate spending so much time tearing and folding tape to put ALL over the back of charts to get them to stay on the wall. This will make is so much easier and less time consuming!
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. I love this idea. My walls are almost impossible to hang anything on if you want it to stay more than 5 minutes. This definitely is a BRIGHT idea! I am looking forward to using your idea in my room. Thank you for sharing.

  7. LOVE this idea! I'm not supposed to hot glue to the wall but it hasn't stopped me before. Pretty sure they aren't paying anyone to be the hot glue police!
    Rowdy in First Grade


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